“We’re ready” for Tour, says organiser

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The head of the team planning the Grand Depart has said ‘we’re ready’ as the final countdown begins.

The head of the team planning the Grand Depart - which heads to Sheffield on Sunday - has said ‘we’re ready’ as the final countdown begins.

Sir Rodney Walker, Chair of TdFHUB2014 Ltd confirmed all pre-race plans are now being put into action.

The logistical requirements of the race, involving more than 300 miles of closed roads, makes it one of the biggest free sports event ever held in Britain.

Sir Rodney said: “You can sense the level of excitement really building now as we count down the final days and hours to the start of the Tour de France

“All of the final pre-event plans are now being put into action so I’m delighted to be able to say we are ready to deliver a historic spectacle for huge audiences at the roadside and those watching around the world to enjoy.

“I would like to thank everyone involved for the tremendous work in getting us to this point. My final message would be to all the spectators to follow all of the event guidance carefully but most importantly have a fantastic time, as events like this do not come around very often and are very special.”

Among the other eye-catching statistics involved with the Tour are that more than 100 kilometres of barriers and fencing has been used, enough to line a complete route from Leeds to Manchester or the full length of the M11 from Cambridge to London.

More than 40,000 traffic cones, 5,400 road signs, 12,000 sandbags, 2,750 portable toilets, 2,500 event management radios and 70 kilometres of event bunting will also be required.

The race will be supported by more than 8,000 stewards and up to 10,000 Tour Maker volunteers while there will also be more than 1,200 medical personnel positioned along the route.